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Sri Lankan refugees commence indefinite fast

[PTI, Monday, 21 September 2009 08:50 No Comment]

Forty Sri Lankan refugees in a special camp at Chengalpattu, most of them under detention for over 10 years, began an indefinite fast today, pressing for speedy conclusion of their cases.

According to police sources, 20 other refugees also joined the fast to express support to the aggrieved ones.

Police as well as revenue officials denied reports that the protest was due to lack of facilities in the camp and said they have been extended ‘utmost consideration’.

The refugees have been under detention for over 10 years and they had been brought to the camp from different areas and charged under CrPC and NSA.

Due to practical difficulties, the cases cannot be disposed off promptly, the officials said.

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The prisoners have been demanding to let them rejoin their relatives.

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